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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
VOLUNTEERING GOES BACK EVEN BEFORE RECORDED HISTORY
Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or scrap of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur". When someone breaks a femur, they couldn’t survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they had help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicated that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves.
There is something instinctive about volunteering – we join a movement or a project because we see the possibilities of what impact we might have. We are all “visionaries” in that sense.